I frequently suffer from that disease that plagues all creatives - the chronic comparing yourself to others. I'm in my final semester of school, and along with that has come a lot of stress. Stressing about jobs, stressing about where bae's gonna be, and stressing about whether I'm good enough at all of this. I hate the up's and down's. I think we all do. I hate when my confidence gets crushed when I see a spectacular photo taken by one of my peers. I hate when I think to myself, "Why didn't I take that photo?" or "Why didn't I think of that?" or "Wow, that person really had the better angle." But something I really love is taking photos, and telling stories, and going to all of the places that photography takes me and meeting all of the people it allows me to meet. And I guess, now that I've thought about it for a while, I'd rather have a career that kicks me in the gut sometimes but allows me to really live, instead of sitting in a cubicle answering phones or crunching numbers all day.
All it took was a little friendly reminder from one of my best photo pals, Calvin. You see things the way you see them, he said. No one can take a photo that's just like your's, and you can't take the same photos that everyone else takes. And I know, deep down, that he's really right. That we can learn from everyone, but the reason we're creatives is because we all have a unique vision.